Tārā, Dhāraṇī, the Mañjuśrīnāmasangīti and a Sanskrit Reading with Rev. Professor Naresh Man Bajracharya of Lumbini Buddhist University

Tārā, Dhāraṇī, the Mañjuśrīnāmasangīti and a Sanskrit Reading with Rev. Professor Naresh Man Bajracharya of Lumbini Buddhist University

By Amber Marie Moore and Austin Simoes-Gomes, University of Toronto In May 2018, we welcomed Rev. Professor Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice-Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal to the University of Toronto Department for the Study of Religion and the Greater Toronto Area to deliver five action-packed days of workshops and teachings centered around Newar Vajrayāna … Continue reading Tārā, Dhāraṇī, the Mañjuśrīnāmasangīti and a Sanskrit Reading with Rev. Professor Naresh Man Bajracharya of Lumbini Buddhist University

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A Report on Dr. James A. Benn's Talk_ _Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China_ (November 4, 2017)

A Report on Dr. James A. Benn’s Talk: “Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China” (November 4, 2017)

On November 4, 2017, McMaster University’s Dr. James A. Benn gave a talk entitled “Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China” for a lecture series on Tea and Buddhism hosted by The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto. This talk was inspired by paintings … Continue reading A Report on Dr. James A. Benn’s Talk: “Buddhism and the Invention of Tea Culture in Medieval China” (November 4, 2017)

A Report on the Buddhist Studies in Canada Round Table Discussion at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies

The Buddhist Studies in Canada round table discussion was one of many exciting evening events that took place at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. It took place on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, at the University of Toronto's Bahen Centre for Information Technology. Invited participants travelled from all over Canada, and … Continue reading A Report on the Buddhist Studies in Canada Round Table Discussion at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies

A Reflection on the “Bridging Divides in Buddhist Studies” Round Table at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, August 21st 2017

The International Association of Buddhist Studies 18th Congress began in earnest on Monday, August 21st 2017. After a day full of engaging panels, participants had the opportunity to attend an evening round table at the Royal Ontario Museum. This event, entitled "Bridging Divides in Buddhist Studies," featured a group of talented Buddhist Studies scholars, including … Continue reading A Reflection on the “Bridging Divides in Buddhist Studies” Round Table at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, August 21st 2017

Papers, Leaves, and Formulas of Buddha Nature: Kanō Kazuo at the University of Toronto and McMaster University

By Annie Heckman and Julian Butterfield. On March 2, 2017, Professor Kanō Kazuo, Koyasan University, visited the University of Toronto as part of the Numata Buddhist Studies Program lecture series. In Dr. Kanō’s presentation, entitled “Papers and Leaves—Legacy of Indian Buddhists in Tibet and Tibetan Translators in India,” he shared images of rare manuscripts from … Continue reading Papers, Leaves, and Formulas of Buddha Nature: Kanō Kazuo at the University of Toronto and McMaster University

Vinaya Studies at the 18th Congress of IABS, in Toronto

Studies of Buddhist monastic literature (vinaya) were in full swing at the 18th congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS). This should not surprise anyone familiar with the current academic climate within Buddhist studies in the province of Ontario. This year, IABS took place in Toronto, Ontario from August 20th–25th. Having hosted a … Continue reading Vinaya Studies at the 18th Congress of IABS, in Toronto

Hyecho’s Journey: A Reflection on the 2017 Inaugural Public Lecture by Professor Donald Lopez at the University of Toronto

On the 17th of April, 2017, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto hosted its inaugural public lecture. The speaker was Professor Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at … Continue reading Hyecho’s Journey: A Reflection on the 2017 Inaugural Public Lecture by Professor Donald Lopez at the University of Toronto

A Reflection on Dr. James Robson’s Public Lecture on Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Health at Emmanuel College

After reading the title of Dr. Robson's lecture, "A Crazy History of Buddhism: On Buddhist Mental Institutions and Meditation / Mindfulness," I anticipated a very interesting evening. Indeed, Dr. Robson did not disappoint his audience. Dr. Robson is the James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His … Continue reading A Reflection on Dr. James Robson’s Public Lecture on Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Health at Emmanuel College

Drokpa Screening at the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto

Filmmaker Yan Chun Su visited the University of Toronto’s Centre for Buddhist Studies on 28 February 2017 to introduce her film Drokpa, a moving visual account of her extended stay with a nomadic family on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. With minimal stylistic interventions from the filmmaker—names on the screen for the main subjects, music only … Continue reading Drokpa Screening at the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto

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The Birth of Insight and “Crossing the Dharmascape”: Professor Erik Braun’s Visit to Toronto and Hamilton

On January 26th and 27th, Professor Erik Braun visited the University of Toronto and McMaster University as a warmly welcomed Numata speaker, meeting with students, leading a reading group, and delivering a public lecture. In Toronto first, the Associate Professor from the University of Virginia led a reading group on the fifth and sixth chapters … Continue reading The Birth of Insight and “Crossing the Dharmascape”: Professor Erik Braun’s Visit to Toronto and Hamilton